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Rooky Ricardo's Records

When employees at a store asks if they can help you find anything, it's usually a meaningless gesture, or at worst, a threat of surveillance, but when Dick Vivian asks you what you're looking for when you walk into Rooky Ricardo's Records, he wants to help you find the funkiest, silkiest tunes he has — of which he has a lot. Vivian supplies everything from the craziest early R&B and rock 'n' roll cuts from the Jive Bombers, to New Orleans soul legend Irma Thomas, to S.F. boogie jewel Celest Hardie. The old Rooky's location that looked kind of like a Hairspray set is currently being seismically retrofitted, but its new location, just across the street from the old one, is just as funky.


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